NaVorro Bowman trade rumors shut down by 49ers’ John Lynch, Kyle Shanahan

NaVorro Bowman’s future with the 49ers, considering the injuries that have forced the star linebacker off the field in two of the last three seasons, became questionable when San Francisco went through an organizational overhaul with this year’s hiring of general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. The latter brings a defensive scheme in which Bowman has never played in the NFL.

Some believe it shifted from questionable to doubtful when the 49ers signed Malcolm Smith to a free-agent deal and then drafted Reuben Foster. And a recent report from The Ringer’s Michael Lombardi — that San Francisco “definitely” is shopping Bowman — escalated trade rumors around the four-time All-Pro selection.

Lynch and Shanahan, though, called shenanigans on the Bowman trade rumors Thursday with a joint statement issued to NBC Sports Bay Area.

“The report that we have been shopping NaVorro Bowman is completely false,” the statement reads. “From the time we joined the organization, NaVorro has been the consummate professional. It is evident he has been working very hard to prepare for the upcoming season and we have been impressed by what we have already seen on the field.

“We are looking forward to NaVorro’s future contributions to this team.”

The rawness of his tribute to her — complete with an F-bomb dropped live on NFL Network — was jarring in the context of an event so heavily stage-managed. But there was no denying the former UCLA star’s sincerity as he attempted to regain his composure with help from Deion Sanders.

McKinley took to social media himself Sunday with a response, posting a screengrab of Travis’ tweets as evidence “the devil is alive and well.”nike_chargers_220

Baseball numbers are just the best, aren’t they?

With one month in the books, we thought we’d take a look at some of our favorite numbers good and bad from the first month of the season.

Hau’oli Kikaha Kids Jersey It hardly seems possible that a guy hitting .420 with a 1.385 OPS, 11 homers and 29 RBIs could be overlooked, but Ryan Zimmerman has been overlooked through the first month of the season. Zimmerman isn’t the only Nationals player producing at an All-Star level (hi, Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy and Max Scherzer!), which means he kind of gets lost in the shuffle. That’s a shame, because his bounce-back story is impressive. His past three seasons have been a washout of injuries and struggles he averaged only 90 games a year and produced a minus-1.1 WAR in 2016 and it wasn’t crazy to wonder whether, at 32 years old, his time with the franchise was nearing an end. Um, nope.

And we have to mention Jason Heyward here, too. He was awful at the plate in 2016, his first after signing a deal for $184 million with the Cubs. Heyward isn’t closer to matching Zimmerman, but he’s hitting .279 with a .747 OPS and has 16 RBIs in 23 games. That’s much better than the .230/.306/.325 slash line he put up last season (and that doesn’t count batting .104 in 16 postseason games). Will he keep it up? We’ll find out.

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It took you long enough. I’ve only got four days left.

David Ross and I have something in common: We’ve both been in a year-long retirement party.

None of this would have happened without the extraordinary contributions of (Cubs owner) Tom Ricketts and his family. Tom met his wife, Cece, in the bleachers at Wrigley about 30 years ago, which is about 30 years longer than most relationships that begin there last.

Former Giants closer Brian Wilson attempting comeback as beardless knuckleballer

In his prime, Brian Wilson was known for his ferocious beard and blazing fastball.

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According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, Wilson, who has had two Tommy John surgeries in his career, threw a 30-minute bullpen session at USC on Wednesday, where most of his pitches were knuckleballs.
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Wilson told Brown he always envisioned coming back to baseball throwing the pitch. He hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2014.

I always said that once my career was over I was coming back as a knuckleballer, Wilson said. I’m good with it. Man, I get to play a game. It’s going to be pretty fun.

If Ventura’s death over the weekend in a car crash in the Dominican Republic is determined to have been an accident, then the remaining money would go to his estate. The Royals, who had insurance on the contract, would be reimbursed for an amount that hasn’t been determined yet, Fox Sports said, again citing unidentified sources.

However, Ventura’s contract, like many guaranteed MLB contracts, had in it an exception relating to player conduct: Payment on his deal would be nullified because of injury or death resulting from operating a motorized vehicle while intoxicated, Fox Sports’ sources said.

Royals GM Dayton Moore said on Sunday that authorities in the Dominican Republic told him no alcohol was found at the scene of the fatal accident, but Moore said toxicology results wouldn’t be known for three weeks.

Funeral services for Ventura, who was 25 when he died, will be Tuesday in his hometown of Las Terrenas in the Dominican Republic.

Dodgers, Sergio Romo reportedly agree to deal

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Romo, 33, has a sterling career 2.58 ERA with 84 saves and 142 holds with the Giants. He has just six saves since 2014.

With Kenley Jansen firmly entrenched as the team’s closer, Romo will likely work in the seventh and eighth innings for Los Angeles.

He has never pitched more than 62 innings in a season, so it will be interesting to see if he can handle a supposed larger workload.

With the Braves bounced from the playoffs, Diamond, director Mark Johnson and the rest of the crew dove right into editing 400 hours of tape into something not only cohesive but compelling.

How do you choose? How do you format? How do you tell this out-of-nowhere baseball story while also showcasing the behind-the-scenes nuggets that had been the point all along?

The editing process was nearly as daunting as the filming.

So many unexpected gems had been captured during the season: the arguments, the banter, the hijinks. Finding them and weaving them into the overall narrative was just part of the challenge.

After fans were calling for the head of general manager Ruben Amaro, the fruits of Amaro’s labor are starting to show in Philly. The Phillies are quietly building a good group of young players, with Herrera and Maikel Franco leading the charge. So there wasn’t much to do but supplement what they have, and they’ve done that fairly well 鈥?trading for professional hitter of baseballs Howie Kendrick.

Lynch and the 49ers let Pace and the Bears do the reaching.

The Bears are 9-23 under Pace and coach John Fox, who’s way better than that record but needs a far better roster in order to prove it. Are they going to make it better with this draft? Maybe — but they won’t do it with the third- and fourth-round picks they sent to the 49ers to move up for Trubisky.

Or, for that matter, with Trubisky, or with Glennon. Not this year, not likely, not very soon, not without a lot of help.

Decide on your own whether their general manager gave Fox and the Bears the help they need. So far, all he’s given them is a big bill.

A collection of factors led to the slide. The Miami Herald cited three shoulder surgeries and hamstring injuries that he has dealt with throughout his career at FSU. Cook was acquitted of a misdemeanor battery charge before the 2015 season. He scored an 11 on the Wonderlic test. That’s the best explanation.

This is a case where for the Vikings, the production outweighs the potential problems. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher defended Cook on the ACC teleconference on Wednesday.
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Elite Youth Abraham Almonte Jersey You have to do your own research and your own decisions in that regard, Fisher said. Our media in that regard has gotten so crazy that it’s, anything that’s said, anybody can throw something out there. Come watch the guy play, watch him practice and he was a tremendous role model for us.

Draft picks: Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey, Ohio State WR Curtis Samuel, Western Michigan G/T Taylor Moton, Texas A&M DE Daeshon Hall, Miami CB Corn Elder, West Georgia FB Alex Armah, Georgia Tech K Harrison Butker

Raiders focused on getting ‘some deals done’ with Derek Carr, Gabe Jackson in offseason

The next offseason goal for Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie: Getting “some deals done” with two of the team’s top offensive players.

McKenzie said the franchise plans to focus on negotiations with the agents for quarterback Derek Carr and right guard Gabe Jackson. Each player is entering the final year of their rookie contracts.

The Giants selected former Clemson star Wayne Gallman in the fourth round, but he is projected to be more of a plodder than a true starter in the NFL.

New York has stated that Paul Perkins will begin the season as the starting running back, but he has limited experience, so a guy like Blount could help ease pressure on the 22-year-old.

With that being said, the Lions appear to be the most obvious fit for Blount, who will want guaranteed carries as he finishes the last years of his prime. Though he adds little in pass-catching skills, Detroit is well-covered in that area with Abdullah and Riddick.

Zenner proved towards the end of the season he can be counted on when needed, but the Lions are in a window to compete for the Super Bowl with Matthew Stafford under center.

Blount would provide a nice boost to their offensive attack.

For a while, it seemed as though Blount would re-sign with the Patriots, but they ofted to sign Bills restricted free agent Mike Gillislee instead.

Despite his one-dimensional style, Blount can still help a team win games due to his toughness as a runner and blocker.

Or the QB scrambled across the line of scrimmage before being ruled down.

It was remarkable how much McDowell would win out on an edge as a pass rusher considering how little time he actually spent out there.

Unfortunately for him, the quarterback either ended up completing the pass — meaning no hurry by my definition — on several of those plays which happened to be some of his best pass rushes.

Or the QB scrambled across the line of scrimmage before being ruled down.

If you only look at his stat sheet in the five games I watched the guy had no sacks and just five hurries (by my count) in five games, so it might seem comical to even be considering him some kind of big time pass rusher, let alone a first-round pick, but over and over again I was watching McDowell making these good moves.

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And just as he is hitting the quarterback, the ball is released and ultimately ends up as a catch.

What you think? an agitated Paul said, when asked about his level of confidence of forcing a Game 7. I’m on the team. What you want me to say, no, it’s over? That’s what you want to hear? Yes. Come on, man. You’ve been doing this long enough. Seriously, right?

When asked to expand upon his answer, Paul responded: No, I don’t know. Everybody in here laughing for a reason. Come on, man.
If any off-court moments have gleamed through this year’s playoffs, it’s been the postgame press conference. And we’ve had some crazy ones through just the first round.

Sticking with the theme of players clashing with reporters, Russell Westbrook got into it with one who asked about the difference in the Thunder’s performance with and without the MVP frontrunner on the floor.

Limited Mens Dee Milliner Jersey There was also Grizzlies coach David Fizdale, who was fined $30,000 for ripping the officiating crew his team’s Game 2 loss to the Spurs. Fizdale was irate over the disparity in foul calls, with Kawhi Leonard attempting four more free throws than Memphis as a whole.

NHL draft lottery results 2017: Devils win first overall, Avalanche to pick 4th after stunning draw

The 2017 NHL draft lottery offered some high drama on Saturday night, as the New Jersey Devils jumped from fifth overall to claim the first overall pick.

The Dallas Stars and Philadelphia Flyers also made huge leaps. The Flyers jumped from 13th overall to second overall and the Stars jumped from eighth overall to third overall.

With an offense that ranked No. 5 in the NBA with 109.2 points per game during the regular season, and a defense that ranked in the bottom 10 league-wide, allowing 107.2 points per game, the Wizards are obviously comfortable shooting out with anybody.

That plan can backfire when facing another excellent offensive team like Boston, but Washington will continue to live and die by it and hope to be on the right side of the high score this time around. Washington is 7-1 SU and 4-4 ATS in its last eight games at home.
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Thursday night’s total is set at 218.5 points at online sports betting sites. The OVER is 4-1 in the last five games between Boston and Washington.

With 234 points scored in Game 1 and 248 points scored in Game 2, there has been no shortage of excitement early on in this series. The tempo should remain the same in Game 3, which could be a good indicator of how long this series figures to go.

Game Mens Drew Kaser Jersey A Wizards win would put this series on track to be a shootout, while a Boston win would give the Celtics a 3-0 stranglehold over Washington.

Predators vs. Blues 2017: Time, TV schedule, and live stream for Game 5

The Nashville Predators are on the verge of franchise history.

With a win in St. Louis on Friday, the Predators will advance to the Western Conference Final for the first time since joining the NHL in 1998.

It would complete a heck of a run. Nashville swept the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round, holding Chicago to just three goals in four games. That defensive prowess carried over against the Blues: The Predators have allowed just 11 goals in eight total playoff games.

The key for St. Louis, then, would obviously be scoring first. The Blues have led in this series for a grand total of 3:51.
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But before we get there, let’s revisit what we’ve learned.
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Let’s start with the Most Valuable Player race that is still raging. We had every narrative and every argument come to life during the first round and there still is no consensus.

You and I both had Russell Westbrook. I felt bad about shortchanging James Harden, who really didn’t do anything to lose his hold on the top spot, and I wasn’t at all surprised by the 4-1 series outcome. Is it wrong that I still back Russ?

Not at all. Nothing about the series made it clear Harden is more valuable than Westbrook right now. The Thunder continued to revolve around Westbrook in every way; the Rockets continued to be better than the Thunder because of Harden’s excellence and a superior supporting cast. That series was essentially a microcosm of each team’s season (though the Thunder obviously had a good deal of success in the regular season).

The latest in the perceived Welker line for New England is Chris Hogan.

Edelman is a frequent comparison, but he was a quarterback in college who only lines up in the slot about half the time.

Danny Woodhead also comes to mind, but he played much more running back than slot receiver.

The latest in the perceived Welker line for New England is Chris Hogan. Although Hogan studied Welker, he plays on the outside and is nearly five inches taller.
But Switzer will in fact join the Cowboys’ young core of exciting young skill players forming a triumvirate with Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott to continue to pursue an elusive world championship in this millennium for America’s Team. The last time they won a Super Bowl, Barry Switzer was the head man.

But no, Ryan’s not related to Barry, although Barry did call Ryan’s father just to make sure as the young Tar Heel’s career ascended, now he’s landed in the NFL.

“He just talked about where he was from, where we are from. He wondered if it was a possibility if we were related,” Michael Switzer said. Leonard Fournette weighs 240 pounds and runs like a swarm of angry bees. Dalvin Cook’s record-setting career at Florida State has helped everyone forget his character issues. Joe Mixon hasn’t been as lucky. Christian McCaffrey does just about everything well, including playing the piano.

Those may be the first four tailbacks off the board April 29, but they’ll be followed by a handful of runners who may go on to even more lucrative careers. Alvin Kamara and Curtis Samuel are versatile rushing/receiving threats. D’Onta Foreman ran for more than 2,000 yards in just 11 games last season. Donnel Pumphrey finished his career with more rushing yards than any FBS player besides Ron Dayne and Tony Dorsett.nike_ravens_298-223x223